Te Puna o Waiwhetū Christchurch Art Gallery is launching its exclusive new art-wine and an art-beer at Art Do – the new gallery gala.
I’ve been involved in supporting Christchurch Art Gallery for few years now. The Gallery is special to me because it is such a fantastic place. We’ve all wanted to band together, support it and help it get back on its feet following the earthquakes..
Art makes me think. It makes me happy and enriches my life. It stretches my brain to enable me to understand more or to enjoy art.
Come hungry and do dinner – a collection of contemporary food stations cooked up by some of the best and brightest in the business will feed you at Art Do.
Juliet Peter: Where the Line Leads
Delightful observations of character and place, from rural Canterbury to bustling 1950s London.
We’re delighted to announce that Christchurch Art Gallery Te Puna o Waiwhetū has won a number of accolades at the 21st Museums Australasia Multimedia & Publication Design Awards. The prestigious annual awards celebrate excellence in the Australasian museum sector and were presented on Tuesday evening during a gala dinner in Melbourne.
There’s something not-quite-right about this photograph by Yvonne Todd. A young woman wearing gloves to play the guitar fixes the camera with a baleful stare. Her Victorian-style dress looks like 1970s polyester. The photograph is difficult to place in time—the studio set-up recalls the styling of commercial portrait photographers from the 70s or 80s, producing the kind of awkward family photograph that sits on a chest of drawers in an unused bedroom. Like many of Todd’s photographs, Ethlyn is a portrait of an individual consciousness at odds with the world.
Todd started with the dress, which was left over from an earlier series. (She has a large collection of vintage clothing which she often uses for her photographs.) She dyed it battleship grey, assembling a pastiche of looks to create a distinct character. “The green guitar was a last minute purchase from Cash Converters. And the leather gloves were also a last-minute decision, probably snatched out of a props bag I had on hand.”
Todd grew up on Auckland’s North Shore in the 1970s, and describes her childhood as being “starved of glamour”. She says that “cultural cringe was prevalent during my formative years and I looked to American culture to fuel my escapist fixations”. She watched TV shows like Falcon Crest and televised beauty pageants; “I began fetishising the women at the local chemist shop who wore lots of makeup and jewellery.” She was also fascinated with 1970s pulp horrors like Flowers in the Attic or The Stepford Wives, which deal with the dark side of a quest for perfection.
“I wanted to make images that feel familiar, like they’ve pre-existed as part of the cultural landscape. And those feelings of familiarity stem from literary, cinematic and photographic influences. Some of these influences weren’t particularly highbrow, but there is something visually compelling about them.”
(Your Hotel Brain 13 May 2017 - 8 July 2018)